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State College earns No. 2 in ‘best college towns’ ranking

Pedestrians wait to walk across W. College Ave. where it intersects with S. Allen St. in downtown State College.
Pedestrians wait to walk across W. College Ave. where it intersects with S. Allen St. in downtown State College. CDT file photo

State College residents, give yourselves a pat on the back.

Seriously, you’ve earned it — not just for putting down roots in a place that was recently named one of the best towns to live in but for refusing to settle at that.

Niche, a content startup that ranks schools, towns and communities, also named State College among the best college towns in America, towns with the best community and towns with the best public schools.

“The longstanding attributes of State College all relate to our traditional strong sense of community — something we share with most Pennsylvania towns — but we also enjoy the good fortune of having a world-class university, Penn State, across the street from our downtown. That said, our citizens, local government and school district are all committed to upholding the high standards we expect of ourselves,” Mayor Elizabeth Goreham said.

Niche offered a more mathematical assessment.

The company formulates each of its lists using data such as crime statistics and information from the Department of Education.

State College was ranked second out of 100 locations under the category of best college towns in America, a selection scored across a wide range of criteria that included housing, jobs and outdoor activities.

It also was ranked No. 14 on the list of towns with the best public schools.

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